State of Nevada Archives: on Health Care


Shelley Berkley: Kidney transplant center helps Nevada but helps husband too

Berkley launched an aggressive TV ad campaign to defend her efforts to save a kidney transplant center linked to her physician husband's business. The 30-second spot mentions an editorial in the Las Vegas Sun that said Berkley's advocacy "wasn't driven for personal gain. It was aimed at helping Nevadans." That echoes what Berkley has said.

Acting just as aggressively, Heller began airing a quick-hit TV ad to let voters know Berkley is accused of helping line her wealthy husband's pockets. "Shelley Berkley took care of herself. She got caught," says the Heller ad. It notes a watchdog group listed Berkley as one of the "most corrupt members of Congress" for not disclosing her husband's ties to the University Medical Center kidney transplant program and for promoting bills to help kidney doctors.

The escalating ad wars come after an announcement of a formal House Ethics Committee investigation. The persistent ethics cloud is a blow to Berkley's campaign.

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal on 2012 Nevada Senate Debate Jul 12, 2012

Shelley Berkley: Stop cuts to Medicare; no privatization for younger workers

Berkley went on the attack in her two new campaign commercials, slamming Heller for twice voting to "end Medicare as we know it." The new Berkley ad slams Heller for "actually attacking Berkley for trying to stop cuts to Medicare coverage for hundreds of thousands of patients nationwide."

The Berkley ad criticizes Heller for twice voting "to end Medicare as we know it," a popular Democratic charge against Republicans who want to privatize the program for younger workers.

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal on 2012 Nevada Senate Debate Jul 12, 2012

Brian Sandoval: $874 decrease in public employees benefit plan

The Public Employees Benefit Plan (PEBP) announced today that as a result of legislation passed, PEBP's unfunded liability has decreased by $874 million. Other legislative changes made in 2011 eliminated future health care subsidies for new employees hired after 1/1/2012. While those savings are not included in the reductions above, it is estimated this change will save the PEBP system $235 million over the next 30 years.
Source: Nevada 2011 gubernatorial press release, #4294972116 Sep 20, 2011

Mark Amodei: Repeal ObamaCare; end lawsuit abuse

Source: 2012 House campaign website,www.amodei4nevada.com, "Issues" Sep 15, 2011

Brian Sandoval: Supports lawsuits against Obama health care bill

A Virginia Judge ruled the individual mandate to buy health insurance "exceeds constitutional boundaries of congressional power."

The constitutional question created by the health care bill is monumental in all future matters involving state's rights. The ruling provides support for the claim that the federal health care legislation is at least, in part, unconstitutional. I believe the constitutional questions involved in the federal health care legislation deserve a hearing by the US Supreme Court.

Source: Nevada 2010 gubernatorial press release, #4294971833 Dec 13, 2010

Harry Reid: Insurers' profit motive almost destroyed our economy

Health care was a primary point of discussion throughout the debate and Reid accused Angle--who conceded she does not believe there are any medical conditions for which there should be any government-mandated health coverage--of holding "very extreme" views.

"My opponent doesn't like any insurance companies to have to do anything," Reid said, emphasizing the candidate's opposition to funding for mammograms and colonoscopies.

"America is a country of choices, not forcing people to buy things that they don't need," Angle said of so-called "Obamacare," invoking a theme she cited frequently throughout the night. "The solution is simple: We need to get the government out."

"Insurance companies don't do things out of the goodness of their hearts. They do it out of a profit motive and they have almost destroyed our economy," Reid fired back.

Source: CBS News coverage of 2010 Nevada Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Harry Reid: ObamaCare improved healthcare and also improved economy

Angle said "ObamaCare" would destroy Medicare in particular and the health care system in general. "America is a country of choices--not forcing people to buy things that they don't need," Angle said.

Reid countered that the health care overhaul would not only improve health care, but improve the economy, too. "We had to do health insurance reform to remain competitive in the world economy. And it creates jobs--thousands and thousands of jobs," Reid added.

Source: NPR Morning Edition coverage of 2010 Nevada Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Sharron Angle: No medical conditions where coverage should be mandated

Health care was a primary point of discussion throughout the debate and Reid accused Angle--who conceded she does not believe there are any medical conditions for which there should be any government-mandated health coverage--of holding "very extreme" views.

"My opponent doesn't like any insurance companies to have to do anything," Reid said, emphasizing the candidate's opposition to funding for mammograms and colonoscopies.

"America is a country of choices, not forcing people to buy things that they don't need," Angle said of so-called "Obamacare," invoking a theme she cited frequently throughout the night. "The solution is simple: We need to get the government out."

"Insurance companies don't do things out of the goodness of their hearts. They do it out of a profit motive and they have almost destroyed our economy," Reid fired back.

Source: CBS News coverage of 2010 Nevada Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Sharron Angle: We're a country of choice; don't force people into insurance

Angle brought up the health care overhaul that Reid shepherded through the Senate. She said "ObamaCare" would destroy Medicare in particular and the health care system in general. "America is a country of choices--not forcing people to buy things that they don't need," Angle said.

Reid countered, "We had to do health insurance reform to remain competitive in the world economy. And it creates jobs--thousands and thousands of jobs," Reid added.

Source: NPR Morning Edition coverage of 2010 Nevada Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Barack Obama: Bring GOP & Dems together to make healthcare affordable

Text on screen: ďObama offers universal health care plan.Ē Obama speaking:

ďIíll be a president who finally makes health care affordable to every single American by bringing Democrats and Republicans together. Iíll be a president who ends the tax break for companies that ship our jobs overseas and put a middle class tax cut into the pockets of working Americans. And Iíll be a president who ends this war in Iraq and finally brings our troops home. We are one nation and our time for change has come.Ē

Source: FactCheck's AdWatch on 2008 TV ad in Nevada, ďPresidentĒ Jan 17, 2008

Barack Obama: Problem isnít mandating coverage, but affording it

I do provide universal health care. The only difference between Clintonís plan and mine is that she thinks the problem for people without health care is that nobody has mandated, forced them to get health care. What I see are people who would love to have health care & canít afford it. My plan that makes sure that it is affordable to get health care as good as the health care that I have as a member of Congress. Thatís what the American people are looking for & what I intend to provide as president.
Source: 2007 Democratic debate in Las Vegas, Nevada Nov 15, 2007

Hillary Clinton: Health care tax credit ensures affordability

I helped to create the childrenís health insurance program back in 1997. I am totally committed to making sure every single child is covered. I provide a health care tax credit under my American Health Choices Plan so that every American will be able to afford the health care. I open up the congressional plan, but there is a big difference between Obama and me. He starts from the premise of not reaching universal health care.
Source: 2007 Democratic debate in Las Vegas, Nevada Nov 15, 2007

Bill Richardson: State flexibility creates universal coverage without taxes

Q: Gov. Vilsack said we donít have to increase taxes to pay for universal health care. Sen. Edwards say donít believe anyone who says that. Whoís right?

A: I would not increase taxes. The problem is the excessive costs of health care and the coverage. I would focus on preventive health care: like child obesity programs. But the big problem is the huge administrative costs of health care. 31% of the costs are administrative. A lot of it is waste. There are 50 Medicaid programs. They donít give the states the flexibility to run them.

What I like is what some states have done, and that is a Massachusetts-style plan with good benefits that basically says we facilitate it for employers and employees to get mandatory coverage.

Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

Dennis Kucinich: Key to reform: end role for for-profit insurance companies

Q: Candidates here have debated whether or not itís going to take raising taxes to pay for universal health care. What do you think?

A: This health care debate is one of the biggest frauds thatís been put on the American people. In 2000 and 2004, I brought forth a proposal, Medicare for All. Itís embodied in the Conyers-Kucinich bill. It provides for covering everyone. The big difference between what Iíve been talking about and all the other candidates are talking about is that my plan doesnít provide for a role for for-profit insurance companies. Our party really isnít legit on the issue of health care, because whenever you talk to these candidates, thereís always a role for the for-profit insurance companies. Do you know, almost 31% of the spending that goes for health care goes for the for-profit system -- corporate profits, stock options, executive salaries, advertising, marketing, the cost of paperwork.

Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

Hillary Clinton: Universal health care coverage by the end of my second term

Q: Many experts project that it would cost between $90 billion and $120 billion to actually achieve universal health care for everyone in America. Is comprehensive reform achievable financially?

A: We already spend more money than anybody else in the world, by about $800 billion, and we have 47 million uninsured. Weíre also at a competitive disadvantage because other countries either provide health care or donít, and our companies are trying to be competing in a global economy. So I want to figure out how we provide universal health care without putting billions more into the system. Letís get prescription drug prices down by negotiating with the drug companies, for example. I am going around the country, and Iím asking peopleís advice, then Iím going to be proposing a specific plan. You know, President Kennedy said in his inauguration that he wanted to have a man on the moon by the end of the decade. Well, I want to have universal health care coverage by the end of my second term.

Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

Hillary Clinton: Still scarred from 1990s reform, but now doing it better

You know, I have a little bit of experience in trying to reform health care. And I still have the scars to show for it. I needed some health care after that was over. And I am absolutely convinced this time weíre going to do it because the people that come to talk to me now theyíre CEOs of companies, theyíre doctors and nurses and hospital administrators. They know that if we donít change the system we have, itís going to continue hemorrhage money. Weíre going to have more uninsured people. Weíre going to have the fastest growing problem of people who are not going to get what they thought they paid for, and weíre going to continue to lose jobs. Theyíre going to be sent to other countries because weíre not being able to provide health care at a decent cost.
Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

John Edwards: Silence is betrayal about universal healthcare-we canít wait

Forty years ago, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King gave a speech about the war in Vietnam. And he said there comes a place in Americaís history where silence is a betrayal, and we can no longer stand silent.

Silence is a betrayal in America today. We cannot stand silent on 47 million of our own people who desperately need health care coverage and have no health care coverage. I am the first candidate to come out with a detailed, substantive, truly universal health care plan for every man, woman and child in America. And I want to say to you I donít want to wait six or eight years to have universal health care. I want to start putting universal health care in place as soon as I am sworn into office in January of 2009, which is what America needs. We canít wait.

Anybody who tells you that theyíre going to have a universal health care plan, but they donít have to find a new revenue source to pay for it -- they might have a bridge in Brooklyn they want to sell you too.

Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

Tom Vilsack: Focus on curing incurable diseases that drive up health cost

[We can reduce healthcare costs by] curing incurable diseases. This is America. We can do great things. Letís pick out one or two diseases that are driving up health care costs and let us challenge ourselves as Americans in the next decade to eradicate those diseases. We did that when I was a kid with polio, and we saved more money in the health care system than the entire cost of the health care system.
Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

Tom Vilsack: Focus on wellness as part of universal coverage

Q: Do you think that itís going to be necessary to raise taxes to pay for health care?

A: We absolutely do need universal coverage. 47 million Americans do not have health insurance coverage, which means that they donít stop getting sick; they donít stop getting health care; they actually get it in the most ineffective and expensive way: in an emergency room. We can stop that, and we can create a more efficient health care system.

But it is much more than universal coverage. It is actually incorporating wellness into the system, at every level -- from the moment a child is born. So there are ways to do this without necessarily raising the tax burden on folks and certainly on working folks. You know, when working folks hear about tax increases, their interpretation is they may be next. And I think our party can do a better job being innovative and creative. We can look inside the budget.

Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

Tom Vilsack: Help Medicare by sharing data & providing long-term homecare

Q: What are your plans for insuring the finances of Medicare?

A: Medicareís a much more difficult issue than Social Security. First and foremost, we have to stop paying for services and we have to start paying for results. We know today because we have inadequate data about our health care system, that in some communities youíre more likely to get surgically worked on for a back injury than I might in some other community. [We should] take data and information about what works and what was the most efficient way of providing health care. Thatís one strategy.

Another strategy is to make sure that we have a long-term care system that encourages people to stay in their homes with greater dignity, provides assisted living as an alternative, and only puts folks in nursing homes when they want to be and when they need to be. You can do a substantial amount of work in that regard.

Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

Jack Carter: Support individual states enforcing their coverage standards

US Senate Bill 1955 would allow small business groups to pool their memberships across state lines to obtain group health coverage. Under the legislation, the federal government would take away the powers of individual states to enforce minimum coverage standards for health insurance. Officials in Nevada and other states would be powerless to protect consumersí rights in the health care arena. It only makes matters worse and threatens the benefits many people already rely on.
Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, Carter for Nevada May 21, 2006

Kenny Guinn: Fund alternatives to long-term care for seniors

With the fastest growing senior population in the nation, Nevada must plan ahead. Therefore, I am requesting funding to study alternative living support, long-term care, and other programs to address our seniorsí needs effectively and efficiently into the future. But for those seniors who need our help today, I propose to increase Medicaid waivers by 40 percent to allow seniors to live in their communities and homes rather than hospitals.
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to the Nevada Legislature Jan 22, 2001

Kenny Guinn: Double the funding for the disabled

Source: 2001 State of the State Address to the Nevada Legislature Jan 22, 2001

Kenny Guinn: Expand Senior Rx

With the Legislatureís help, I will expand Senior Rx, a program that addresses one of the most compelling needs faced by Nevadaís senior citizens -- prescription drug coverage. Two years ago, the Nevada Legislature voted unanimously to provide a subsidized prescription drug insurance plan for the stateís neediest seniors. Senior Rx was enacted while others argued about the issue. While Congress bickered, we acted. As of this month, we have received 1,400 applications for Senior Rx.

Some seniors will save hundreds of dollars a month. For others, this program isnít about savings -- itís about the difference between receiving your needed medicine or doing without. Senior Rx is working, and we must expand it. It is time to offer these life-saving benefits to more Nevadans in need.

Source: 2001 State of the State Address to the Nevada Legislature Jan 22, 2001

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